This paper deals with a computational aeroelastic tool aimed at the analysis of the response of rotary wings in arbitrary steady motion. It has been developed by coupling a nonlinear beam model for blades structural dynamics with a potential-flow boundary integral equation solver for the prediction of unsteady aerodynamic loads around three-dimensional, lifting bodies. The Galerkin method is used for the spatial integration of the resulting differential aeroelastic system, whereas the periodic blade response is determined by a harmonic balance approach. This aeroelastic model yields a unified approach for aeroelastic response and blade pressure prediction, that may conveniently be used for aeroacoustic purposes. It is able to examine configurations where blade–vortex interactions occur. Numerical results show the capability of the aeroelastic tool to evaluate blade response and vibratory hub loads for a helicopter main rotor in level and descent flight conditions, and examine the efficiency and robustness of the different numerical solution algorithms that may be applied in the developed aeroelastic solver. Comparisons among aeroelastic predictions based on different aerodynamic models are also presented.
|Titolo:||Analysis of a structural-aerodynamic fully-coupled formulation for aeroelastic response of rotorcraft|
|Autori interni:||GENNARETTI, MASSIMO|
MOLICA COLELLA, MARCO
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Rivista:||AEROSPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|